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Study: Meditation Can Lower Blood Pressure And Increase Coping Ability

November 24, 2009 by  

Meditation can lower blood pressure and increase coping ability, study saysA recent study to be published in the December issue of the American Journal of Hypertension, suggests that the practice of transcendental meditation may lower blood pressure and reduce mental anguish in people who suffer from hypertension, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Conducted at American University, the research followed nearly 300 students, half of which practiced transcendental meditation on a daily basis over a three-month period of time.

Subjects in the meditation group who were at an elevated risk of hypertension considerably lowered their blood pressure and psychological distress levels while strengthening their coping ability.

Individuals who meditated who were not at a risk of hypertension saw a decline in depression, anxiety as well as an increased coping ability, but no substantial lowering of their blood pressure.

"This is the first randomized controlled trial to demonstrate that a selected mind-body intervention, the transcendental meditation program, decreased blood pressure in association with decreased psychological distress and increased coping in young adults at risk for hypertension," said the authors of the study, quoted by ModernMedicine.com.

The Mayo Clinic states that meditation can give one a sense of "calm" and can help "improve certain medical conditions."
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  • Richard Pawley

    Meditation has been proven to be healthy. TRANCENDENTAL MEDITATION, however, is a religion. If you want to meditate, fine! There are many forms of it and most are good. However, if you want to be worshipping an unknown spirit being, then you can follow the religious teachings and chants of TM. This is something I learned in it’s heyday, some 30 plus years ago, and I mentioned it in my autobiography. I, for one, don’t want to be praying to some dark force of the Universe, but then I always was somewhat old-fashioned.

    • warner mobley

      you, sir, are full of poopoo! All you need to do is to be initiated at which time you are given a mantra, which is a meaningless word, and after that you are on your own for life. You are being disengenuous in what you are saying.

      • Richard Pawley

        Ha ha! You sir are what Eric Hoeffer called a “True Believer” or perhaps you are a TM salesperson. I see you also objected to what the second gentlemen shared below about TM. By the way, very few words are “meaningless.” Teachers teach but cults initiate. Meditation can be simply taught to those who want to learn with no mumbo gumbo like Scientology either. Apparently our two warnings have been sufficient as no one else has rushed to defend this form of meditation or else there is little interest in this area.

        • Joe H.

          Richard,
          Transcend means to go further. Transcendental meditation is not a religion by any means. People use it to transcend pain or lessen stress in their life. It does NOT have to be used with a mantra either. The man that taught me said to close your eyes and picture a flame in your mind, focus on that flame and to become one with the flame. I did this in an ER while on a heart monitor and dropped my heart rate enough to sound the alarm on the machine!! Scared the living heck out of a nurse.
          There are some that swear they can “travel” in the state or leave their body. I don’t know about that as I have never been able to do it. I have been able to alleviate my pain for short times and that helps but I can’t do it all the time. Oh, and Richard, I,m a very stout Christian!!!!

          • Richard Pawley

            Not to stout I hope. Ha ha! I’m glad meditation was helpful but TM is a registered trademark for a particular form of meditation and/or religion. I once knew of a number of individuals who got involved in TM and they ended up in worse shape (spiritually) than before. I seem to remember they felt better but there experiences were sufficient to keep me out of it. I also prayed for direction and help and that is what a Christian should do when faced with decisions. I would liken some forms of meditation to taking a super powerful all natural vitamin supplement with arsenic added. You will certainly feel better in time but you will actually be worse. There is nothing wrong with meditation but your being a Christian undoubtedly protected you from the dark side. My first lesson in mediation was at a Christian retreat center in the 1970′s. I was taught to close my eyes and relax and to imagine all my concerns and worries just draining away and then to picture the most beautiful body of water that I could imagine. I was surprised at the body of water that appeared in my consciousness as it was quite beautiful. It was a large mountain lake surrounded by mountains. Others in the room visualized oceans and streams and most were in tears. In my mind’s eye I saw a tent and when I ducked inside Jesus was there brewing some tea. He offered me some and it was the best tasting tea I have ever had and I have some two dozen different kinds in my kitchen today, some really exquisite but none as good as what I tasted long ago. I was able to carry on a short conversation with Jesus that was not only helpful but surprising to me, not the least for it’s brevity. It was a fascinating experience and the form of meditation being taught was one, that as I recall, was developed or discovered by the Spanish knight Ignatius of Loyola over 450 years ago. I recall this in greater detail in my recently revised autobiography, “Leaving South Carolina”.

  • Wm. McClaughlin

    Numerous independent researchers have shown that not only are the TM researchers claims unsound, they are often biased, utilize poor controls and either hide funding sources or openly use funding sources from TM advocates.

    The most consistent thing about these TM researchers is their desire to deceive, to sell their product(s) and how consistently poor their methods of research have remained for many, many years.

    Usually sincere scientific research improves from initial pilot studies, through more refined inquiry. Unlike these sincere inquirers, TM research remains poor. Reviews beginning in the 70′s and continuing up to the present day have consistently shown this to be the case.

    I do wish journalists investigating the TM Orgs latest press releases would actually look below the hype to find out the truth behind these deceptive and untruthful people! Because of the lack of journalistic rigor, they continue to not only prey on funding sources like the NIH, they are also desperately trying to get into our school systems (and thereby obtain public funding) and to obtain reimbursement from insurance companies based on phony junk science.

    Do not enable these people, they have a long dark history and do not have the public’s best interests at heart.

    • warner mobley

      You are saying things without foundation. If you really want to make a statement please back it up with facts. Please quote those sources you are claiming.

  • Joe H.

    William,
    what products am I selling or using for that matter? I don’t even use a mantra so they couldn’t even sell me that!!! It DOES, BEYOND A DOUBT HELP ME!!!! No hype, just plain everyday FACT!!!

    • Joe H.

      William Mc,
      I even taught my daughter to meditate when she would just start to get a migrane. At first I would rub her temples very lightly and after awhile I quite often could stop her from fully going into a migrane. She now does it on her own and I would say at least one out of three she is successful in stopping!!!

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